Nina Jade here, the face of Make Me Fab. I am very excited to be blogging this month. After years of working with Alayne, I have to say I am honored to be the spokesmodel to such an amazing company! Today, I’ll be chatting with you about my latest photoshoot for Alayne and MMF. Giving you a little insight on what its like to organize, plan, prep, and do a photoshoot with the dream team!
A month or so before the shoot I reached out to Alayne and JP Elario of Elario Photography Inc, for our annual photoshoot. If you remember last year we shot around the same time on location in a bed and breakfast in downtown Albany, NY and got some pretty amazing stuff. We hadn’t shot together as a team since then so it was time to reconnect. Our last photoshoot’s focus was simple and sorta sexy. This time around we wanted to focus on black and white photography and simple styling with a modern twist. I wanted to incorporate different hairstyles that I haven’t done yet. I have had my hair curled, teased, braided, blown out, you name it, but you would be surprised that I actually haven’t shot with simple upstyles yet!
(From our previous shoot last year)
Planning a shoot is always exciting, you come together to plan and organize everyone’s opinions. From there, you make a mood board that we can use on the day of the shoot. So everything runs smoothly. We all messaged images we liked and had collected from tumblr, pinterest, magazines, etc. I can get a feel on what the mood will be for the shoot and what direction I will be leaning toward with my poses and expressions. I usually go out and do a mini shopping haul too, to get items we may need if the photoshoot requires certain outfits or pieces. This time around I was lucky (or lazy) as I didn’t have to. The wardrobe didn’t have to be over the top because the main focus was mostly beauty and profile shots of ME – ( No pressure here!)
A day before the shoot I made my once every few months visit to Alayne for a hair trim, have her fix my eye brows, and pick out a few of my favorite makeup products. We also picked out what would be great to use on set. This time we toyed with the idea of using hair extensions, which I’m happy we did! I never use extensions since my hair is rather long but for photoshoots it adds such great volume you can’t pass up!
I have been traveling and working abroad this past year and really haven’t been in the area for more than a few days, so when I came home this time it was really a treat, I needed a lot of work! We didn’t do anything major to my hair, since we both love the length! To be fair, if you ask Alayne, I am probably one of the biggest babies when it comes to my hair. I dream of cut and coloring and doing amazing things with it, but as soon as I sit in that chair it all goes out the window. This time, after the blow out with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray we set my hair and curled it. All the traveling was really taking its toll on me and I was definitely feeling the jet lag. Alayne sent me home to get some beauty rest!!!! (Yes, some days I do refer to her as MOMager.)
Pre Game Prep!
In the morning, I was back at MMF by 8:00 am and still had volume and body in my hair. It was just Alayne and I at the salon and since we did a little prep work the day before we just had to add some extensions. Alayne recurled my hair with a 1 and 1/4 size regular iron in wrap curls, spraying everything in place with soft hair spray, Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode and texturized with Dry Spun Finish Spray, and then we were on to make up!
We kept the make up simple at first, since that’s always the key rule for photoshoots. Clean and simple and then work your way up. Alayne used Illuminaire on me which I love. We usually use this for photoshoots because it has more coverage and it stays on thru out the shoot and doesn’t melt off mid-way. Then on my days off from shooting I use Bare Minerals which is lighter. I love them both because they don’t make me breakout after a long day of shooting like some other products do. My skin is really sensitive! Alayne and I have worked hard to find products that don’t wreak havoc with my skin. Many people also commented on how they liked the contouring we used on this shoot. Alayne used the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium, and of course everything is available at Make Me Fabulous.
(selfie before first look, a must of course!)
Once we arrived at The Elario Studio, of course Lexi, Big Joe and the editing assistants, Jenny and Jaime were all there to greet us!
I pulled out everything in my suitcase and we decided to go with the flow and see what happened, and let me say it turned out amazing! Everything just worked, the hair was soft and flowing and the makeup was on point. JP always puts on music that I like and we all really work well together. JP began to shoot and we just rolled with it and let the shoot take on it’s own personality and the vision that we had been messaging about for a month! This is how we roll and we are always happy with the result.
After a few looks with the hair down and playing with the fan (one of Alayne’s favorite props on a shoot) we started playing with ideas with the hair for our next looks. I wanted to do something big, yet simple, so we came up with something like this
Channeling my inner Audrey
Simple yet beautiful, love the texture happening here in my layers.
Its always a good time shooting with the dream team! I walk away feeling like I created strong images that I’ll be able to use in my portfolio for years to come. Below is a dream team photo taken with Big Joe’ s vintage polaroid camera! I love when he pulls out the old, yet classic cameras! Well, I do love being infront of any camera now that you mention it. Tee Hee!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and got an idea what its like to be a part of a day with Nina! It’s a lot of prep work but once on set it all pays off. If you’d like to follow more of my work be sure to catch me on the links below!
Stay fabulous everyone!